As a partner, the joy of holding a new life in your hands is spectacular, however the pregnancy journey can often be overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to help at each stage of the pregnancy.
The First Trimester
things are changing
Come along to appointments, meet Dr Skilbeck and ask your questions first hand
Your partner will be very tired and may not be able to keep pace with routine tasks, lend a helping hand!
Hormones start to kick in, listen and be as empathetic as you can
The Second Trimester
you can feel your baby move
Support your partner to have a good diet and regular exercise
Spend time together, before the baby arrives. Perhaps a “babymoon”?
Look into parental leave, if you can prepare to take some time out when the baby arrives
The Third Trimester
Attend antenatal classes and go on a hospital tour
Get the baby’s sleep area ready
Plan and talk about your role in the delivery suite. You and your partner decide what you want to be involved in whether it's cutting the cord or waiting in the waiting room.
your beautiful baby has arrived!
Take the opportunity while in the hospital to learn how to bath, feed and change nappies
Try to give your partner opportunities to sleep, go for a walk in the pram, have baby cuddle time
Have food prepared/frozen/healthy takeaway for the first week at home
Take lots of photos
If you feel you need some emotional support, call Dr Skilbeck or your GP